2021-2022 Academic Catalog

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Interdisciplinary Major Course (ISMA)

ISMA 1500 -  Introduction to Interdisciplinary Learning  (3 Credits)  

This course introduces the theories, methodologies, and practices of interdisciplinary studies through a specific theme that will focus on how to learn in an online environment and how interdisciplinary scholars combine the theories and methods of a variety of fields. Term offered: fall, spring, summer. Max hours: 3 Credits.

Grading Basis: Letter Grade

ISMA 2840 -  Independent Study  (1-3 Credits)  

Note: Students must submit a special processing form completely filled out and signed by the student and faculty member, describing the course expectations, assignments and outcomes, to the CLAS undergraduate advising office for approval. Repeatable. Max Hours: 3 Credits.

Grading Basis: Letter Grade

Repeatable. Max Credits: 3.

ISMA 3000 -  Special Topics  (1-3 Credits)  

Special classes for faculty-directed experiences examining issues and problems not generally covered in the curriculum. Max hours: 9 Credits.

Grading Basis: Letter Grade

Repeatable. Max Credits: 9.

ISMA 3100 -  Learning Across Disciplines  (3 Credits)  

Examining a compelling issue, students will learn what kinds of questions require thinking beyond a single discipline, how interdisciplinary scholars combine a variety of fields, and how to approach the challenges of interdisciplinary writing. Term offered: fall, spring. Max hours: 3 Credits.

Grading Basis: Letter Grade

ISMA 3500 -  Interdisciplinary Experiential Learning  (3 Credits)  

In this course, students will the knowledge from their chosen clusters to bear on an experiential opportunity. Choosing an internship, community-based project, or job extension, students will collaborate with peers to design projects in this highly student-driven course. Prereq: ISMA 1500 with a C- or higher. Max hours: 3 Credits.

Grading Basis: Letter Grade

Prereq: ISMA 1500 with a C- or higher

ISMA 3840 -  Independent Study  (1-3 Credits)  

Note: Students must submit a special processing form completely filled out and signed by the student and faculty member, describing the course expectations, assignments and outcomes, to the CLAS undergraduate advising office for approval. Term offered: fall, spring, summer. Repeatable. Max Hours: 3 Credits.

Grading Basis: Letter Grade

Repeatable. Max Credits: 3.

ISMA 3939 -  Internship  (1-3 Credits)  

Designed experiences involving application of specific, relevant concepts and skills in supervised employment situations. Prereq: Students must have junior standing and at least a 2.75 GPA and must work with Experiential Learning Center advising to complete a course contract and gain approval. Term offered: fall, spring, summer. Repeatable. Max Hours: 9 Credits.

Grading Basis: Letter Grade

Repeatable. Max Credits: 9.

Prereq: Junior standing or higher and at least a 2.75 cumulative GPA

ISMA 4500 -  Interdisciplinary Learning Capstone  (3 Credits)  

This course brings together students who have been working on individualized majors to share a capstone experience. The goal is for students to integrate knowledge from their cluster and apply it to a project relevant to their field of interest. Prereq: ISMA 3500 with a C- or higher. Max hours: 3 Credits.

Grading Basis: Letter Grade

Prereq: ISMA 3500 with a C- or higher.

ISMA 4840 -  Independent Study  (1-3 Credits)  

Note: Students must submit a special processing form completely filled out and signed by the student and faculty member, describing the course expectations, assignments and outcomes, to the CLAS undergraduate advising office for approval. Repeatable. Max Hours: 3 Credits.

Grading Basis: Letter Grade

Repeatable. Max Credits: 3.

ISMA 4880 -  Directed Research  (1-6 Credits)  

Students will engage in original research projects supervised and mentored by faculty. Students must work with faculty prior to registration to develop a proposal for their project and receive permission to take this course. Note: Students must submit a special processing form completely filled out and signed by the student and faculty member, describing the course expectations, assignments and outcomes, to the CLAS undergraduate advising office for approval. Term offered: fall, spring, summer. Repeatable. Max Hours: 6 Credits.

Grading Basis: Letter Grade

Repeatable. Max Credits: 6.

ISMA 4900 -  Interdisciplinary Studies Capstone  (3 Credits)  

Students will be guided through the research process as they complete interdisciplinary capstone projects. They will receive feedback during each stage of the project's development and consultation from disciplinespecific faculty advisors. Prereq: ISMA 3100 with a C- or higher. Max hours: 3 Credits.

Grading Basis: Letter Grade

Prereq: ISMA 3100 with a C- or higher.